The present study investigates whether internet technology is used by young (YA) and older adults (OA) to change bad moods. This study also investigates whether the number of strategies used to try to change a bad mood are significantly higher among YA as compared to OA. Continuity theory, described by Atchley (1989), is used to support the hypothesis that YA will indicate internet use as a mood self-regulation tool, whereas, OA will not. Undergraduate students and adults from local senior clubs and a church choir were surveyed regarding the strategies they use to change a bad mood. Results are analyzed by applying a chi-square test of independence, a t-test, and a factor analysis. Results indicate the difference between YA and OA who use the internet to change a bad mood is approaching significance. Results also indicate YA use more strategies to change a bad mood than do OA.
|Commitee:||Fiebert, Martin S., Gonzalez, Araceli|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Continuity theory, Internet use, Mood theory, Mood-regulation|
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